This prestigious Annual Award event recognises current major contributions in any sector of electrical, electronic, telecommunications and computer engineering in South Africa.
SAIEE AWARDS 2019
- SAIEE President’s Award
- SAIEE Engineer of the Year Award
- SAIEE Engineering Excellence Award
- Keith Plowden Young Achiever’s Award
- SAIEE Woman in Engineering Award
SPEAKER: SARAY KHUMALO
“Step up, step forward, it’s an Everest expedition”
Saray is an award-winning mountaineer and on 16 May 2019, she became the first black African woman to summit Mount Everest. Through this remarkable achievement, the demand for her to share her stories with audiences wherever they may be, has understandably rocketed. The speeches invariably bring audiences to their feet in praise of her success.
A Mandela libraries ambassador, a social entrepreneur, mother of two boys and an executive in one of the leading financial institutions in South Africa, Saray uses climbing to raise awareness of the Mandela Libraries Projects*. As part of her climbing with a purpose initiative, Saray Khumalo has dedicated her climbs to ordinary people, women and girls, daughters of the African soil who dare to dream. She continues to campaign for more libraries as she takes steps towards the 7 highest peaks on the 7 continents around the world – The Seven Summits
Through her climbing with a purpose initiative Saray has organised and been part of the following initiatives:
- Climbing Kilimanjaro with a purpose (self-funded climb)
- Built an outdoor gym for Kids Haven worth R200,000 and converted a room into a library
- Ubuntu Everest 2017 (self-funded climb) – raised funds over R800,000 for The Mandela Library Projects and built four libraries around South Africa.
- Ubuntu Everest 2015 (self-funded climb) – raised funds for The Mandela Library Projects and built a library for Isiziba Primary School.
- Ubuntu Everest 2015 (self-funded climb) – raised funds for The Lunch Box Fund to feed over 60,000 Ubuntu Everest 2014 (partially funded by Discovery Holdings) – in Thembisa, Johannesburg
“My dream is to go higher and go further for as long as I breathe. To pave a way for my children and other ordinary people, so we may realise and accept that ordinary people like us can achieve extraordinary heights. To not think too much about the difficulties on the way but keep focused on the end goal and to take their hand, motivate them to realise that they too may dream the impossible dream.”
“On the 16th of May 2019, I stood on top of Everest. I embarked on this journey to reach the seven summits in 2012, the seven highest summits in the world and so far I have done four. It was not just for a personal quest but it was something I embarked on in an effort to educate the African child. Everything that I have done, I have done because someone invested in my education. I have done this through the (Nelson) Mandela Libraries project. We have built three libraries in Gauteng and one in KZN as well as the Dr Thandi (Ndlovu Children’s) Foundation which looks after orphans,” she said.
SAIEE PRESIDENTS AWARD
The prestigious SAIEE President’s Award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution in either the electrical, electronic, telecommunications or the computer engineering sector in South Africa. This is the highest award by the SAIEE and pays tribute to those who made a current, major difference to the relevant sectors. Past winners include journalist, Chris Yelland (2018), and electrical engineer, Andries Tshabalala (2017).
ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Engineers are critical to developing countries and play a vital part in SAIEE’s vision to Engineer an Africa for the Future. The SAIEE Engineer of the Year Award is our way of not only honouring, but highlighting an engineer that has worked energetically towards promoting electrical and electronic engineering sciences and practices. The award recipient is someone whose activities are not only beneficial to SAIEE but makes a difference in the lives of the broader South African community.
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SAIEE ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD
The SAIEE Engineering Excellence Awards is bestowed upon an individual that has made a major contribution to the relevant sectors and shown integrity and leadership in their engineering activities. This individual is someone who is actively involved in supporting and promoting the SAIEE and its objectives while mentoring and inspiring other engineers and their colleagues. This award is given to an electrical or electronic engineer that is an SAIEE Member, Senior Member, Fellow or Council Member.
KEITH PLOWDEN YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD
The pioneering and exuberant spirit of the youth is the lifeblood of the electrical and electronic engineering sector and will continue to drive us forward. The Keith Plowden Young Achiever celebrates and recognises an outstanding young achiever in the sector. The recipient is an individual, aged 35-years or younger, who has shown qualities of leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship, ambition and enthusiasm to succeed as an engineer and set an example to their peers.
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SAIEE WOMAN IN ENGINEERING AWARD
It’s a fact that we need more female engineerings in Africa. SAIEE is committed to shaping an industry that is inclusive and shatters the so-called glass ceiling in engineering. That is why SAIEE is excited to present the inaugural Woman in Engineering Award that honours the achievements of a female engineer and her contribution towards promoting gender diversity in engineering. This individual is someone who has shown great leadership in her work and who inspires more women to enter the engineering field.
SAIEE ANNUAL AWARDS 2019
Sandton Convention Centre
Dress code: Black Tie